10 Best Cycling Tours in Ladakh - 2020 (with 703 Reviews)

Popular Ladakh Cycling Tour Packages

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Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2020 13D/12N ₹ 33000 5.0 star View Details
Manali To Leh Cycling Tour 12D/11N ₹ 40000 4.0 star View Details
Sightseeing, Rafting and Cycling Trip of Leh 10D/9N ₹ 38500 5.0 star View Details
Cycling from Manali to Leh Via Khardung La 2020 15D/14N ₹ 0 5.0 star View Details
Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition, Manali 2020 5D/4N ₹ 3999 4.0 star View Details
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Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2020
Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2020

13D/12N

Ladakh

About the DestinationLadakh is the emergent favorite of travelers, not just from India, but from the entire world. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides, the beauty of this place is unparalleled, and you will agree to that as soon as you set foot here. And despite being so far off and on the rain shadow side of the Himalayas, Ladakh is very well connected, especially the capital city of Leh. Apart from the main airport in the capital, you can arrive in Ladakh via road too, with highways coming in from Srinagar and from Manali, the latter being one of the most beautiful highways in the country.And this is another reason why Ladakh is a favorite of adventure junkies. You can ride a bike till here, or can even cycle up to this beautiful land of Leh, some 11,400ft above sea level.About the Trip Manali to Leh cycling expedition is a scenic ride traversing through some of the highest passes in the world making it one of the most challenging rides to beat. Cutting across beautiful trails with the Himalayas serving as the perfect backdrop, one can cross Tanglang La standing at 5328m before entering Leh. The route from Manali to Leh is straightforward with the roads either being completely dirt or tarmac. In the Manali Leh cycling tour explore rougher dirt tracks while making some tough climbs along with gut-wrenching descents. Everyday the distance covered ranges from 40 to 80 km traversing altitudes over 4000 m. Not only will this invigorating route comprise cycling from Leh in the Indus Valley to the alpine Kullu Valley covering a total of 470 km, but it also cuts across three mountain ranges of Zanskar, main Himalayas and Pir Panjal Range. Altogether one exceeds 29000 feet in altitude crossing passes like the Khardung La, Tanglang La and Baralacha La (4890m). 
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Manali To Leh Cycling Tour
Manali To Leh Cycling Tour

12D/11N

Leh

About the Destination:Fixed Departure: 26th July 2016 Situated among the blessed lands of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a favourite destination among leisure and nature lovers alike. The undulating terrains of the Pir Panjal and Himalayan Ranges make this destination a veritable paradise for adventurists seeking to feel that rush of adrenaline surge through their hearts. Framed by mountains on all its sides the tiny village of Leh is a gem nestled in the laps of the mighty Himalayas. A land of extremes, the land boasts of a rich cultural heritage blessed by the lamas and yet hides in its arms, landscapes that are almost untouched in their wilderness. About the Activity with Details: Considered as one the most challenging cycling trails in the world, the Manali Leh cycling trip is truly a call for adrenaline junkies! Endowed in stunning treasures of nature, this route makes for an extreme adventure quest for the cyclists. The Manali to Leh cycling tour takes you through the lush alpine forests of Manali, picturesque villages of Lahaul, past the vast planes of Sarchu and into the colourful and rich Leh. On the way you, challenge yourself to cross the treacherous 21 zigzag Gata Loops up the canyon wall. You will overcome the mighty Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable pass in the world that rises up to 5,600m. From the pass, enjoy panoramic views of the Indus Valley Civilisation in the south to Zanskar Valley in the north right up the enormous slopes of Saser Massif.NOTE: Total cycling distance: 630km
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Sightseeing, Rafting and Cycling Trip of Leh
Sightseeing, Rafting and Cycling Trip of Leh

10D/9N

Leh

About the Activity:Join a sightseeing and cycling trip around Leh, see the biggest peaks around the place, feel the difference when you are at a height of 11000 feet above the sea level.Start your trip from Manali in the morning after breakfast, ride to Leh, cross Rohtang Pass en route, feel the maximum adventure there.Also see the majestic beauty of Balalacha La, Nakeela, Lachulung La, Tanglang La and also Pangong Tso lake on your way and admire the incomparable beauty of the place.Pass through muddy road, tough routes, dirty paths, rocky ways and enjoy the challenging journey over to reach Leh.Witness the high altitude lake -Tso Moriri also during the trip, camp there, have the privilege to cross the biggest motor-able pass in the world, Khardung La Pass.Enjoy camping in the coldest desert, Nubra Valley, enjoy rafting in the Indus river, make a visit to the nearby monasteries and know more about the culture of Ladakh.End your trip on the tenth day after breakfast, board your flight to reach your hometown.Wish adieu to this marvelous experience.
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Cycling from Manali to Leh Via Khardung La 2020
Cycling from Manali to Leh Via Khardung La 2020

15D/14N

Leh

About the Destination: The road for cycling trip from Manali to Leh is the most picturesque of them all, says every traveller who has visited these regions! Manali, close to the Kullu valley, is a charming hill station-town that encompasses all of amazing weather, generous locals, super alpine views, meandering trekking trails and numerous adventure sports. From here, the highway towards Leh is known as a biker's paradise. En route, the quintessential villages of Koksar, Darcha, Sarchu, Takh, Pang, Tsokar and Lhato are chosen as places of stay due to their pristine environments, via the high altitude mountain passes of Rohtang and Khardung. The latter, Khardung La, known to man as the highest motorable road in the world (5,602m) is a gem of the Ladakh valley. Not only biking, but there are, very often, treks and hikes offered to these areas. The splendour of Leh lies in its closeness to the Himalayan Ranges, the royalty of its monasteries and stupas and its rivers, like the Zanskar, teeming with life. About the Departure with Details: You asked for an adrenaline rush? You get all that and more on Manali to Leh cycling trip from the beautiful Manali in Himachal Pradesh to the tranquil Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. If you're interested in this package, you probably love the idea of biking through the wilderness and adore the beauty of nature. A fair amount of acclimatization and physical fitness will ensure that you complete the entire 580km of this biking adventure, only taking back great memories and panoramic views that will remain etched in your heart forever. Activities: Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Jeep Safari Duration: 14N/15D Total Number of Biking/Cycling Days: 9 days of biking with an average of 40-80km/day; 580km in total Maximum Altitude: Khardung La (5,602m) Temperature Range: Approximately 20C (68F) in the summers to -20C (-4F) in the winters. Difficulty Level: Challenging 
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Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition, Manali 2020
Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition, Manali 2020

5D/4N

Manali

About the Activity: If you are looking for some action in life then embark on an amazing Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition, Manali 2015. Enthrall on this dream-turned reality of mountain biking through rugged terrains, winding roads and ever so pleasing landscapes of this beautiful place – Manali. Get ready with your gang to rule the roads! Delight in an enchanting experience of biking through the hills – bike to the well acclaimed tourist hot spot of the region – Hadimba temple located in old Manali. Tighten your gears and let all your worries fly off with this Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition, Manali 2015. Bike to the famous Solang valley via Bhang and Palchan – enjoy the picturesque sceneries and serenity of the place that accompanies you throughout this enthralling expedition. Delight in riding your cycles on open roads without a single worry of traffic jams and crowding tourists. Camp in the open environs under clear blue sky for an unparalleled experience. Embark on Himalayan Mountain Biking Expedition, Manali 2015 with your buddies for a completely blissful experience. Meal Types: Vegetarian meals during the expedition Accommodation Types: Sharing basis in camps and hotels Activities: Mountain Biking Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
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30 November 2015
Excellent
Fantabulous time spent in the lap of the mountains, our entire cycling group had gone together and we enjoyed immensely. The cycling trip was really difficult at some time but the feel of it was really good. so positivity and cycling through high passes and snow clad peaks was really good. even the camping was good. after a long day of cycling they served us really good food everyday . The group leaders were also very helpful and were able to handle the fairly large group with utmost ease.
28 April 2016
Excellent
Rougher dirt tracks needs to be covered. Along with this we also made some very tough climbs. The descents were gut-wrenching yet interesting. If you think that it is very stressful, the distance we covered were somewhat less. It almost ranged from 40 to 80 km on an average. However, the traversing altitudes were over 4000 m. To be honest, if you are not an avid cycler, this can be really tedious and dangerous too. Also, with the altitude and weather conditions, I felt quite dizzy and easily dehydrated. If you are planning to do this, make sure to have great physical fitness. That all being said, this trip was fruitful.
16 March 2017
Excellent
A great deal of energy and physical fitness is needed to cycle for 14 days continuously and it will not be easy if you are not fond of cycling through difficult plains. We had the maximum fun throughout the trip because we were a team of cyclists. The big challenge was to cross the passes at a high altitude. But nothing to worry, the guides’ team was with us throughout and they helped us by providing water and biscuits in between. A backup vehicle was also there. We camped at some places with a campfire to keep us protected from the severe cold. The best time of our life was happening there.
22 September 2015
Excellent
Will recommend it to anyone who wants to reconnoiter the stunning wilds of Ladakh and that too on the challenging yet rewarding cycling trail. it was a difficult trail but worth doing it. i was very proud of myself and couple of my friends who did it. the leadres were very helpful and also the fellow friends we mad in all a brilliant experience of cycling !
06 May 2015
Excellent
Had a great time, had gone here before but not on a cycling trail, so I just got admire the beauty ant my own pace. Please go!!I highly recommend it. The feeling you get after looking down at the valleys is like a rockstar!!!
16 March 2017
Superb
A complete fun trip. I never expected I could be a part of Ladakh trip because of the season the trips are available and my job. But last year I decided to take two weeks leave and go with some of my friends. It was really an amazing place with a lot of things to see. Rivers were there, mountains were there, forests were there, tribal people were there, monasteries at a great height were there and much more. I did not want to come back seriously. It was that great a trip.
16 March 2017
Excellent
A memorable trip with my friends. I thought a lot before booking this trip. But my friends told me I had to have good physical fitness to protect myself from the cold and everything else will be fine. Thus I joined the team. There were other tourists also with us. Together we had a good time in an amazing place. Though I like to take photographs, most of the times I forgot to click the pictures because I wanted to enjoy the beauty of Ladakh with my naked eyes. I was asking the guide with us to explain the importance of each location we covered. He has been guiding a hundred teams for last some years, so he knew everything about the location and he even clearly knew when we should camp and when we should stop cycling and all. The team with him was very supportive and helping. Totally, a very good trip.
16 March 2017
Excellent
Comparing to other Ladakh trips, this was a short trip for 10 days but all the ten days of it offered the best it could. We saw the nature changing itself during the trip. It was an incomparable view. Cycling was the most exciting part of the trip. The rough roads were a challenge but had a great time.
16 March 2017
Excellent
A happy trip was it for me. We prepared well before the cycling trip happened. Exercised and tried to get acclimatized by reaching Manali two days before the trip started. The food provided by the team was good, the camping was also flawless. I am looking forward to have a similar trip this year as well.
16 March 2017
Superb
Cycling is a very tough job that too the hilly regions of Ladakh in the cold. In the beginning I thought I cannot finish the trip but as we crossed Leh, I decided I want to see all of Leh Ladakh though I feel tired. But for my surprise, cycled long distances without hesitation. I found the mind blowing surroundings were giving me energy. A very good place to visit folks. Never be late.

People Also Ask About Cycling in Ladakh

  1. What is the best time for cycling?

    Well, there are two roads to Leh Ladakh viz. Srinagar – Leh Highway and Manali – Leh Highway and both of them remain closed for more than 6 months from November to April or Mid-May every year because of heavy snowfall. The best season considered to cycling in Ladkah is from Mid-May to Mid-October when the climate is friendly and isn’t much humid.
  2. What are the types of cycles?

    Cycling in Ladakh is the best way to explore this magical place. In fact, it helps in crossing different difficult terrains and reach the place faster. However, you need enough stamina and strength to cycle around Ladakh. There are different types of cycles one can choose for Ladakh trip:
    Road Cycle: Focused on speed on the road, with little or no regard for rider comfort.
    MTB Cycle: Focused on ride-ability across the harshest and steepest of terrains. In the hands of a skillful rider it will go where the average SUV will not.
    Hybrid cycle: Like the word indicates, it is a cross — between a road cycle and an MTB. A huge variety of versions exist across the spectrum.
    Touring Cycle: Focused on reliability, comfort and weight carrying — designed to carry you and all your belongings across the world.
  3. Do I bring my own Cycle?

    You can bring your own bike having in good condition, but it will be fully your responsibility. You are also responsible for assembling your bike upon arrival and disassembling it upon departure as well as any and all shipping arrangements.
  4. What permits do I need for a complete Ladakh cycling Trip?

    With the circulation published by DM in Leh, Indian Tourists will not be needing Inner Line Permits for Leh-Ladakh trip. However, to visit regions like Hanle, Tsaga, Chusul, beyond Loma bend, Marsimik La, Chumur, and Batalik sectors, the Inner Line Permit will be required. We would be taking care of issuing the permit for the same. The application form for the permit are available at the Photostat shops nearby Deputy Commissioner’s office. Inner Line Permit is an important document needed to visit certain areas of Ladakh during cycling trip.
  5. What other gear do I need to bring if I am taking my own cycle?

    Tools and parts to carry:
    • Tire levers/patch kit
    • Spare tube (and tire, depending on the trip)
    • Mini-pump
    • Blue Loctite (keeps bolts in tightly)
    • Electrical tape
    • Spoke wrench
    • Spare spokes sized for your bike’s wheels
    • Extra nuts, bolts, and wire (particularly for racks)
    • Bicycle light (optional)
  6. Is it good to take my own cycle or should I rent it?

    This depends on your choice. If you’ve your own high-end cycle that can perfectly fit for expedition then you can carry your own cycle. However, it is important to note that your cycle should be in good condition and terrain friendly. It’s always good to join a cycling expedition in Ladakh as you will get the cycle as well all the support from the trip organisers.
  7. Do I need tubeless tires for cycling Trip?

    Tubeless types can run at any low pressure for good grip and they have sealant that can automatically fix punctures during the trail. It is a good idea to have tubeless tire in your cycle during cycling trip.
  8. Do I need puncture Kit?

    If you are not in a group tour carrying a puncture kit is advisable, if your cycle doesn’t have tubeless tire. Puncture kit comes in small size and are handy during such cycling trek.
  9. Do I need an air pump for the Trip?

    Company would carry the air pump for the trip, so you don’t have to burden yourself with such tools. The camp and hotels will also be equipped with such air pump. In fact, there are garages in frequent distance where one can pump-up the cycle tire.
  10. Do I need to carry full set of cycle repair tools?

    Yes, this could be a good idea though if you are bringing your own cycle. Our team will also be equipped with cycle repair tools for emergency. There are terrains where cycle may breakdown or any mechanical problem may arise. So carrying full set of cycle repair tool is the best option.
  11. Do I need to learn how to be a mechanic for a cycling trip?

    Yes, having a mechanical knowledge for your cycle will be beneficial. Though expert co-ordinators carry a good knowledge about cycle and also carry repair equipment to avoid any kind delay. You can carry a catalogue of your cycle and equipment also to get your cycle repaired if any breakdown happens.
  12. How many days are required to explore Ladakh?

    There are different itineraries for Ladakh trip. These itineraries are for bike/bicycle trip. To explore Ladakh- 10 days would suffice, excluding travelling period. The total days would help you accommodate, rest and explore Ladakh completely.
  13. How much distance will be covered in a single day during the expedition ?

    The distance depends on the duration and places that will be covered. Check the itinerary provided by the company which would include the date, time and location. You can then find the distance of each place. However, one should keep in mind, due long terrains of Ladakh and changing climatic condition, one cannot predict the distance covered in the single day.
  14. Will I be able to do it?

    If you’re good in cycling for long hours and have an experience earlier for smaller cycle trek, then it can be easier for you to complete the cycling tour in Ladakh. But, if it’s your first time, then, it is important to have practice for month long. You can even join cycling tour course to have a practice of long hours of cycling. Above all is the determination and passion is required in you to keep going in the rough terrain of Ladakh. We will help our troop by encouraging them if any unforeseen happens.
  15. What kind of physical preparation is required for this expedition ?

    You need to be mentally and physically fit for such long and tiring expedition. Month long cycling preparation is required. Spend hours in cycling, especially in small mountain area near you. Also carry tools and baggage along during the practice, so your body gets accustomed with such weight. Do check with your doctor for any physical problem and get certification for the same. You might need such medical certification before the expedition begins.
  16. Can I book cycling trip for a group?

    Yes, you can book a group for cycling in Ladakh. Also if two or three are interested in joining the trip, then can join the departure. We’ve set different departure timings and dates, the information of which will be provided to all our members. It is advised to book for trip way in 2-3 months advance to avoid any issues later.
  17. How many people will be on my tour?

    It depends on the tour and people interested in cycling trip to Ladakh. Generally, there is a different batch each having 10-12 members. The group size also depends on the destination to destination.
  18. What can I expect in terms of accommodation?

    Accommodation will be provided to cycling group. The stay will be in cycling-friendly hotels and even in camps. These camps will have all the essential facilities. Homestays/Hotels and tented camps are available options.
  19. What will be the facility for water/ Do I need to carry Food/Water along? What about refreshments during the ride?

    The troop will be equipped with enough water bottles and food. However, the base camp will have enough water and food facility. If you want to carry food and water, it will be a good option. You can carry food of your own choice, but shouldn’t be heavy. Carry diet foods that can help in energizing your body for long hours of cycling. Well, there would be refreshments during the entire troop but it depend on the package you booked. However, you can also bring some refreshments like juice, healthy fresh fruits, biscuits and other such items that can keep your body pumped up.
  20. Will I have free time?

    Cycling is tiring and one needs enough rest to cover the long distance. Generally, during cycling trip the group will have a camp for resting. Cyclist will be given refreshments to energize the body and start the journey.
  21. Will we have a tour guide to help us?

    In most packages, you'll be provided with tour guide inclusive of the rate. However, it's advisable to check with the tour operator before booking. When it comes to cycling tour, there will be group leader and support vehicle to help as tour guide.
  22. What if my cycle breaks down?

    Well, if you’re going alone make sure you carry all the tools of your cycle and learn some basics of cycle reparing. If you going in group cycling tour you will have expert team who have good mechanical knowledge and will fix the cycle. Also, there will be a backup vehicle with the group which will be helpful if your cycle is not in reparable condition.
  23. What if I become ill on my trip and am unable to continue?

    You will be given proper medication from our expert team leader. You would be resting during the journey in a camp or hotel to make sure you get proper rest and medication and fit for further trip. However, if in case, you’re unable to continue, group leader would take care of transferring back to your destination but cost of transfer will be piad by the cyclist.
  24. What is a support vehicle and how will it help me?

    Support vehicle is generally SAG (Support and Gear) which is helpful for cyclers during the cycling trip to ladakh, when they experience fatigue or face mechanical problem in cycle. This is a great help given by non-cyclist by support the fellow cycler by volunteering to be a SAG driver. the SAG driver will have your supplies and provide instructions to the restrooms, as well as motivation.
  25. What about medical emergency? What about medical help?

    Mahabodhi Karuna Charitable is the famous hospital in Ladakh. There are also some military camps and tourist camps where emergency medical facility is offered. Trip leaders will remain equipped with required medical assistance like medical kit during emergency. Trip co-ordinators are equipped with medications to help cyclers during medical emergency. First aid kit and other medications are essential because cyclists may fall ill and face dizziness during the journey. In case of emergency back up vehicle will help you to take near by hospital.
  26. Do I need insurance?

    Yes, you should insure yourself with medical and travel claims with the respective insurance company. Having insured will help in covering the cost of medical emergency you face during the trip. Also you might have to cancel your trip at the last moment which may incur loss to you. By having travel insurance, you can cover the cost of cancellation of trip.
  27. I am a single woman traveller, how safe is it for cycling?

    It’s completely safe for a women to do cycling in Ladakh. All the troop leaders carry good experience and are certified cyclers. You’ll be given separate tent and accommodation for single women and if there are other females in the troop then they will be accompanied with you.
  28. How cold is Ladakh?

    Ladakh is situated at an altitude of 3514 Meters above sea level and this is one the highest habitable places in the world. Ladakh is a cold desert, and therefore the temperatures are in extreme – the summers can get a little harsh with direct sunlight falling at such a high altitude and winters can be really cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing point. The best time to visit Ladakh will be during summers that is in the months of June to September.
  29. What kind of clothing is required for Ladakh trip?

    It is important top carry wollen or cotton cloths to keep body warm. However, it depends on the season you visit Ladakh. Make sure you carry a pair of shoes with wollen socks. Apart from these, carry:
    • At least one or two caps to protect yourself from direct sunlight as it is too harsh in this region.
    • Carry at least 1 Balaclava too to protect yourself from cold entering the head
    • Hand Gloves, must have in the months of October to June
    • 1 heavy woollen jacket is always handy throughout the year even in the months of July and August
    • From November to March, you must pack heavy woolens and prepare for extreme temperatures. Thermals are a must for these months.
    • Carry multiple layers in form of cotton T-Shirts, thermals, light woolens and wind proof jackets during summer trekking.
  30. What is advisable to eat and drink in Ladakh ?

    One can have some amazing taste of Himalayan foods during the trek. Some of the foods to try are:
    Cheese from Yak's Milk: Yak is prominent in Ladakh and having a cheese made up of Yak milk can be interesting.
    Tigmo: It is a local dish in the form of fermented and steamed bread, served with a veg/non-veg stew.
    Momo: One can't stay away with this Himalayan dish. The momos are available in various shapes.
    Thukpa: The Tibetan soup is clear soup with lots of vegetables. Comfort food for cold temperatures of Leh.
    Kulcha: This is a kind of bun, which is very unlike what we know as Kulcha in North India.
  31. What about the public facilities in Ladakh ?

    As is the case with India, the public facilities are rarely good. They are usually doable, but score low on hygiene. You will find public toilets easily. You will find Western style toilets in all the standard hotels and restaurants. In some places, there may be a row of stalls with Indian-style “squat” toilets and one that is Western style. Keep toilet paper or tissues, paper soaps or liquid soaps and hand sanitizers with you for convenience.
  32. What network services are available in Ladakh?

    BSNL and Airtel have a good connectivity in Ladakh. However, in remote areas, there can be issues of network connectivity. Only postpaid mobile connection work well in Ladakh and other surrounding regions.
  33. Are there any ATM’s in Leh? Do credit cards and debit cards work in hotels and restaurants?

    Yes, Leh has ATM’s owned by Axis Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Punjab National Bank and State Bank of India. It is strongly recommended to carry enough cash because ATM’s can be non-functional sometime due to heavy demand. Also, there are no ATM’s available on the highways and places outside the Leh town, hence, it is highly recommended that you carry sufficient cash as even credit/ debit card acceptance will be an issue and most of these locations do not have this facility. Yes, few of the hotels and restaurants have credit/debit card payment faciltities. However, it is advised to carry cash, because many of the isolated area won’t have network.